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Sociology and Social Policy

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    Fiona Powell

    Fiona Powell

    BA Social Policy and Sociology | 2015 - 2018

    Sociology and Social Policy is not only a fascinating degree with the ability to tailor it to your own interests, it has the potential to open so many doors for you. Read full profile…

    Eleanor Broadbent

    Eleanor Broadbent

    MA Gender Studies | 2009 - 2013; 2013 - 2014

    Sociology and Gender Studies have helped me to become the analytical researcher that I am today. A sociological understanding of oppression, systems and social conflict is central to my work. Read full profile…

    Alex Bowmer

    Alex Bowmer

    BA Politics and Social Policy | 2013 - 2016

    The course helped me to develop perseverance and improved my ability to scrutinise texts, something I hope to take into sports journalism, which is the path I would like to go down. Read full profile…

    Carys Eaglestone

    Carys Eaglestone

    BA Sociology | 2013 - 2017

    I had not studied sociology before but was interested in the breadth of topics that the subject included. I chose Leeds because I fell in love with it after attending an open day. Read full profile…

    Robert Irnazarow

    Robert Irnazarow

    BA Social Policy | 2015 - 2018

    Our lecturers and seminar leaders are helpful and give advice to student when they need it. Read full profile…

    Roisin O’Byrne

    Roisin O’Byrne

    | 2013 - 2017

    I joined the RAG society (Raise and Give) and as part of that I completed the Manchester Marathon in 2014, and worked at the Leeds Rag Fashion Show. I was also a member of Snowriders, and went on one of the annual Easter ski trips to the French Alps, which was one of my highlights of my time at university. Read full profile…

    Miro Griffiths

    Miro Griffiths

    MA Disability Studies | 2011 - 2012

    When I was working with lecturers, supervisors, prominent professors or support staff, my contributions were always welcomed and I was encouraged to recognise the significance of my ideas. Read full profile…

    Ashley McAnearney

    Ashley McAnearney

    MA Social and Political Thought | 2017 - 2018

    It makes you see the world around you in a totally unique way. Aspects of society that you see day in day out that you may have previously just viewed as normal become living evidence and examples to help you understand critical theory or different forms of sociological thinking. Read full profile…

    Jack Wheeldon

    Jack Wheeldon

    BA Politics and Sociology | 2013 - 2017

    The University of Leeds supports all kinds of experiences; it really is what you make of it. If I could recommend only one thing about the University of Leeds it would be do a 'Year in Industry'. Read full profile…

    Emily Maddox

    Emily Maddox

    PhD and MPhil | 2015 - 2018

    I hope that bit by bit work from the social sciences can improve people’s lives, from research that looks at specific policies to more theoretical work - I think it is all important in trying to enact change. Read full profile…

    Avril Agus

    Avril Agus

    BA Sociology and International Relations | 2013 - 2017

    A big appeal to coming to the University of Leeds was that they offered a year in industry which I jumped at the opportunity to do. Having a passion for human rights, I was really keen to get stuck in the charity sector to get a taste of what working in that area would be like. Read full profile…

    Helen Dannatt

    Helen Dannatt

    MA Social Research | 2016 - 2017

    My course has been intellectually stimulating from the start. The wide range of modules combined with the depth of the content is very impressive. Read full profile…

    Sarah Ellen Taylor

    Sarah Ellen Taylor

    BA Sociology | 2013 - 2017

    Being accepted onto the Teach First scheme was something I dreamed of, and didn’t think I would be able to do, however my year in industry enabled me to gain skills and experience that propelled me into the job and I was able to apply all my experience to their requirements. Read full profile…

    Stephen Marshall

    Stephen Marshall

    BA Politics and Sociology | 2015 - 2019

    I have enjoyed every aspect of it. I enjoy the atmosphere of university life, I enjoy the campus and interacting with others who crave knowledge. Higher education has shown me that it is possible to gain knowledge no matter your age or background. Read full profile…

    Jenny Hull

    Jenny Hull

    BA Social Policy and Sociology | 2015 - 2019

    The School, the University and the city are diverse - it’s the best place to study inequalities and the social world we live in, as Leeds is so rich in culture. Read full profile…

    Caroline Breeden

    Caroline Breeden

    Sociology | 2016

    I would definitely recommend doing the study abroad, it is an amazing opportunity. Read full profile…

    Xiaotong Zhang

    Xiaotong Zhang

    MA Social and Public Policy | 2015 - 16

    I have been very satisfied with the frequent interaction between academic staff and students. We usually receive useful information for lectures, seminars, voluntary and working opportunities. The academic staff even organised sessions on writing dissertations efficiently. It is obvious that the academic staff in the school are very considerate and give priority to students’ needs. Read full profile…

    Claire Flegg

    Claire Flegg

    MA Disability Studies | 2015 - 17 (Part-time)

    As a part-time, mature student I was worried about being able to fully engage and integrate, but I need not have worried. We have a host of extra-curricular opportunities to connect with staff and fellow students. Read full profile…

    Ela Yilmaz

    Ela Yilmaz

    BA Social Policy and Crime | 2014 - 17

    I adore my course; it’s everything I expected. I knew there would be hard work, but the lecturers are very helpful. They’re like the guardian angels of the University! Read full profile…

    Richard Bridge

    Richard Bridge

    MA Social Research | 2015-16

    Observing the violence imposed by the state on people who are at their most vulnerable, and how social policy (and sociology) has the capacity to influence the lives of people in a positive and negative way. Learning – and researching – in those areas has felt a great privilege. Read full profile…

    Dr Ahmed Usman

    Dr Ahmed Usman

    PhD and MPhil | 2012

    My time at the University of Leeds was a highly transformational experience that facilitated my scholarly, professional and personal development. Three and half years that I spent at Leeds left some deep and long lasting impacts on my life, especially in terms of defining my social and career identity. Read full profile…

    Kamalika Jayathilaka

    Kamalika Jayathilaka

    MA Social Research | 2015-16

    My extensive travels across Sri Lanka made me think about the constitutive role of the travel writer in heritage tourism. I felt that in order to pursue my interests, I first needed to refresh my existing knowledge and acquire new understanding and skills in social research. Read full profile…

    Jack Regan

    Jack Regan

    BA Sociology | 2011-15, and MA 2015-16

    I think the same goes for most who study sociology: they hold some kind of issue with the way the world which is what drives them. I think it’s important to build knowledge and critical thought in the world before it can be challenged for its problems. Read full profile…

    Abigail Smith

    Abigail Smith

    BA Social Policy and Sociology | 2012 - 16

    The Study Abroad department was one main reason why I chose Leeds, they have so many links to universities around the world. I spent my third year studying In Utrecht in the Netherlands – it was the most rewarding and enjoyable experience I have ever had. Read full profile…

    Devon Lawton

    Devon Lawton

    BA Sociology | 2013 - 16

    I would recommend the University to anyone! It caters to all needs and personalities. There is even a Quidditch Society, anything you want you can find it at Leeds, and if you can’t then you can begin your own group. Read full profile…

    Georgina Donohoe

    Georgina Donohoe

    BA Sociology | 2012 - 16

    I went to study in Copenhagen and enjoyed experiencing a different life style and the change in perspective that comes with it. Read full profile…

    Bethany Daly

    Bethany Daly

    | 2013

    Asking questions is always encouraged and dealt with promptly! I have always been offered amazing advice and feedback on my work throughout my studies which has allowed me to improve for the next assessments! Read full profile…

    Jose Raisey-Skeats

    Jose Raisey-Skeats

    BA Social Policy and Crime | 2013-17 (plus year in industry)

    I have been involved in a few extra-curricular activities both in and out university. With some activities they have put me completely out of my comfort zone and helped me achieve things I wouldn’t have thought I could do. Read full profile…

    Tayba Azim

    Tayba Azim

    BA Social Science |

    With almost all topics, there is always a friendly debate and sometimes learning this way helps give you more independence and understanding academically. Read full profile…

    Kelly Williamson

    Kelly Williamson

    BA Social Policy and Crime |

    I look back and I still do not describe myself as academic, but lucky to have met the right people at the right time. Read full profile…

    Liam Knights

    Liam Knights

    BA Social Science | 2015 - 2019

    "I have found the course really interesting and engaging, learning about things such as class stratification and welfare legislation, things that have always directly affected my life without me even realising." Read full profile…

    Nicola Knightley

    Nicola Knightley

    BA Sociology | 2014-2017

    Foundation year was excellent and well managed with staff who really knew how to inspire. Read full profile…

    Bridget Gonda

    Bridget Gonda

    BA Sociology | 2014-2018

    I love Leeds! No regrets about coming here at all. Read full profile…

    Savanna Hirth

    Savanna Hirth

    BA Social Policy | 2015-2019

    When listening to the sociology lecturers discuss the course, I could feel their adoration and constant curiosity to understand more about social patterns of change. This enthusiasm matched my passion, which is something that all the other universities had lacked. Read full profile…

    Lauren Milor

    Lauren Milor

    BA Sociology | 2012-2016

    I haven't regretted my decision to come to Leeds – it has opened doors for me that I never thought would have been possible, like studying abroad and working as a research intern. Read full profile…

    Molly Pickering

    Molly Pickering

    BA Social Policy | 2014-2017

    The course offers such contemporary modules and the topics are so relevant within today’s society. Read full profile…

    Robyn Holland

    Robyn Holland

    BA Social Policy | 2013-2016

    The staff were accommodating in all aspects, making me feel equal and not disadvantaged in any way. Read full profile…

    Stuart Cook

    Stuart Cook

    BA Sociology | 2012-2016

    You’re free to do whatever you feel will most benefit you as an individual, and you’re actively encouraged to do so. I honestly can’t imagine being anywhere else. Read full profile…

    Alison Thwaites

    Alison Thwaites

    MA Social and Public Policy | 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed studying my MA at Leeds and I now work in the Force Performance Improvement Unit at West Yorkshire Police HQ . Read full profile…

    Matt Lowe-Lauri

    Matt Lowe-Lauri

    BA Sociology | 2011-2015

    If you want to gain a high-level and in-depth knowledge of sociology and develop useful analytical skills for the job market, then Leeds is the best choice for you. Read full profile…

    Ruth Patrick

    PhD and MPhil | 2010-2015

    I’ve received great support from all three of my supervisors- always available by email, and ready to meet. Read full profile…

    Lesley Ellis

    Lesley Ellis

    PhD and MPhil | 2014-2018

    The University offers many workshops and programs for first year PhD students to help you adjust to your studies and gain the skills required to work as a teaching assistant while pursuing your degree. Read full profile…

    Annie Richards

    Annie Richards

    BA Social Policy and Crime | 2012-2015

    "I would highly recommend this course- the lecturers and seminar tutors help you understand issues in a critical and thought provoking way, which makes many issues become interesting topics of debate." Read full profile…

    Charlotte Carter

    Charlotte Carter

    BA Sociology and International Relations | 2012-2016

    I would encourage anyone to apply for the course- especially as you have access to so many opportunities once you're here. It's incredible to have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your own interests. Read full profile…

    Esther Pickering

    Esther Pickering

    BA Sociology | 2012 - 2015

    The learning facilities are excellent and the new Social Sciences Building will enhance the experience of new students even further. Read full profile…

    Naomi Anderson Whittaker

    Naomi Anderson Whittaker

    BA Sociology | 2011 - 2014

    When I came to the open day, I fell in love with Leeds and I immediately felt at home. The University's place in the league tables, coupled with the level of academic research and the reputation of the student union, left me hoping I would get a place. Read full profile…

    Rachel Wooldridge

    Rachel Wooldridge

    BA Sociology | 2010 - 2014

    Studying abroad made me aware of so many more aspects of sociology and I've used this knowledge to shape my final year dissertation. I would definitely recommend the study abroad experience to anybody! Read full profile…

    Amy Camilleri Zahra

    Amy Camilleri Zahra

    | 2012-2014

    The course is very well planned, an important aspect since the course offered by distance learning. I have also enjoyed the study weekends very much; it was nice to get in touch with other students doing the same course. Read full profile…

    Rebekah Bradley

    Rebekah Bradley

    BA Social Policy and Sociology | 2011-2015

    Once you visit, you’ll know whether it’s the right place for you -- it definitely was for me. Read full profile…

    Dan Waldron

    Dan Waldron

    BA Social Policy and Crime | 2010-2014

    My year in industry, although challenging, developed many skills and qualities: responsibility, the ability to work under pressure and patience, but overall it created someone who looked at things differently. Read full profile…

    Jonny Beacham

    Jonny Beacham

    BA Sociology | 2010-2013

    I would really encourage people to consider studying Sociology- it’s an engaging and challenging degree in a brilliant School. Read full profile…

    Stacey Stewart

    Stacey Stewart

    MA Disability Studies | 2012-2013

    I wanted to continue my postgraduate study at the University of Leeds, not only because of the support I had been given, the extensive range of resources or the reputation, but also because the academics in my particular department are renowned in the Disability Studies field. Read full profile…

    Sophie Little

    Sophie Little

    BA Social Policy and Crime | 2009-2012

    My course was extremely interesting and as my lecturers were at the forefront of much of the research, it made it all the more fascinating. Read full profile…

    Sinan Hatik

    Sinan Hatik

    MA Social and Public Policy | 2009-2010

    The School were very supportive and aware of the difficulties an international student may encounter. They made my experience valuable. Read full profile…

    Charlotte Saville

    Charlotte Saville

    BA Social Policy and Crime | 2009-2012

    I would say the opportunity to be involved in mentoring in schools, as well as a paid summer placement within the school were some of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences. Read full profile…

    Ryan Howden

    Ryan Howden

    BA Sociology | 2010-2013

    The quality of teaching across the University of Leeds is exceptionally high and as a student you have access to some of the best lecturers in the country as well as some of the finest university libraries in the UK. Read full profile…

    Sophie Brown

    Sophie Brown

    BA Sociology | 2009-2012

    Sociology is a broad subject which has helped me to gain a wide range of knowledge. It has also taught me many skills such as improving my analytical ability which is transferable to an array of professional positions. Read full profile…

    Aishi Dastidar

    Aishi Dastidar

    BA Sociology | 2007-2010

    The help and guidance provided within the School was always prompt. I would particularly like to note my supervisor, Sally Hines’ guidance when I was working on my dissertation. She always provided constructive advice regarding my work. Read full profile…

    Judy Kessler

    Judy Kessler

    MA Social Research | 2012-2013

    I look forward to each and every lecture wondering what revelations there will be and how I can use them Read full profile…

    Frances McCartney

    BA Social Science and BA Social Policy | 2008 - 2012

    I am now working with Leeds City Council as a Project Support Officer on their Graduate Programme. This programme is aimed at graduates that have high levels of work experience and academic interest that should enable them to gain a senior position within the Council after two years. Read full profile…

    Eleanor Broadbent

    Eleanor Broadbent

    BA Sociology and MA Gender Studies (Research Methods) | 2009 - 2014

    In my third year I was fortunate enough to study abroad at the University of California as part of my undergraduate degree, and I have now moved on to study MA Gender Studies (Research Methods) back here on campus at the University of Leeds. Read full profile…

    Ieva Eskyte

    Ieva Eskyte

    Social Policy PhD | 2011- 2014

    Since the University of Leeds is one of the strongest higher education institutions in the UK when it comes to disability studies and also offers courses which are unique and innovative, I decided to continue my studies here, with the university far exceeding my expectations. Read full profile…

    Kylie Dawson

    Kylie Dawson

    | 2011 - 2012

    I am passionate about disability studies because I have a lived experience of disability and also because in my work I see others experience disability too. I am most passionate because I want to learn as much as I can to help change social perceptions of disabled people. Read full profile…

    Matthew Knott

    Matthew Knott

    BA Politics and Sociology | 1999 - 2002

    I loved the course and would readily recommend it. Too many great modules to mention, but I think I fully benefitted from doing a interdisciplinary course in Politics and Sociology, and at various points in my working career elements both have been useful to me. Read full profile…

    Joy Terrell

    Joy Terrell

    BA Social Sience and BA Sociology |

    For me the foundation course provided me with an access to education I wouldn’t have had any other way, it was engaging and has provided me with an established support network now I am doing my BA. I cannot recommend it enough! Read full profile…

    Tabya Azim

    Tabya Azim

    BA Social Policy and Crime |

    As a mature, lone-parent student, I was very nervous about doing a course at University level. I did not think I would fit in or be able to cope. I had fears that I would find the course too difficult; however, I could not have been more wrong. Read full profile…

    Gordon Utterson

    Gordon Utterson

    BA Social Science |

    What I found in the foundation year were lecturers with a genuine desire to see you succeed, and a programme of study that took into account the different levels of academic skills present in the students. Read full profile…

    Josephine Delong

    Josephine Delong

    BA Social Science |

    When I progressed onto my first year I found that the subjects taught on the foundation course translated well and were completely relevant. Read full profile…

    Josina Maynard

    Josina Maynard

    BA Social Policy and Sociology | 2007 - 2013 (part-time)

    I came through the Lifelong Learning Centre and they are really brilliant, really supportive. I get financial support as well from the University: I get the Access to Learning Fund that helps pay for childcare and course related costs. Read full profile…

    Jannine Ebenso

    Jannine Ebenso

    | 2009 - 2011

    My experience at Leeds was very positive. I think the course is excellent. The course materials are excellent and really facilitate self-study as part of a distance learning course. Read full profile…

    Anna Janota

    Anna Janota

    | 2009 - 2011

    I found the course was excellent, well organised, with flexible tutors and a lot of support from afar. The virtual library and disability archive were totally invaluable for my learning. Read full profile…

    Stefanie Boulila

    Stefanie Boulila

    MA Global Genders and PhD | 2010 - 2014

    The friendly and supportive atmosphere at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS) excelled everything. The staff have gone out of their way to make sure that we get the most out of our MAs. Read full profile…

    Adhiambo Ashall

    Adhiambo Ashall

    MA Disability Studies | 2009 - 2011

    The most enjoyable element of the course was the diversity that constituted the classes which brought with it eye-opening and thought-provoking real experiences from across the globe. Read full profile…

    Jack Palmer

    Jack Palmer

    MA Social and Political Thought | 2011 - 2012

    The University of Leeds has been familiar to me for a long time, I have always been aware of the University’s strong reputation. I was greatly encouraged to look at Leeds by a number of people whom I respected and admired. Read full profile…

    Joanna Lane

    Joanna Lane

    MA Social and Political Thought | 2011 - 2012

    The Bauman Institute is an inspired project for the exploration into Social Theory which, at present, is inspiring so many people to question the society which we live in and imagine alternatives. Read full profile…

    Lyndsey Pinning

    Lyndsey Pinning

    BA Social Policy and Sociology | 2007 - 2011

    I have enjoyed everything about the course. The thing I have most enjoyed is the flexibility of the course and the lecturers who make the course interesting. Read full profile…

    Laura Baldwin

    Laura Baldwin

    Research Postgraduates | 2010-2013

    Leeds has a fantastic reputation for Sociology and a thriving research centre and was recommended to me on a number of occasions. I absolutely adore Leeds, it really is such a vibrant and diverse city and a really great place to come and study. Read full profile…

    Jack Cunliffe

    Jack Cunliffe

    | 2008 - 2011

    Sociology is a course that gives you understanding of the world. It gives perspective but it is also in the front line of policy making, development and charitable work globally, there is no area of life that cannot be understood or analysed in a sociological context. Read full profile…

    Natasha Laws

    Natasha Laws

    | 2008 - 2011

    Through my internship, I have been given the opportunity to fast-track the application process to the final stage in the graduate process, if I want to return. Read full profile…

    Charlotte Byrne

    Charlotte Byrne

    | 2008 - 2012

    I’m learning so much during my year in industry. I’ve developed my commercial awareness and knowledge of business procedure but, perhaps most importantly, I’ve developed a lot of transferable skills. Read full profile…

    Jacob Sheen

    Jacob Sheen

    | 2007 - 2011

    The study abroad year that I undertook in Australia as part of my third year remains the best year of my life to date and was an experience that I would encourage any student beginning their studies at Leeds to embark on. Read full profile…

    Mariya Stoilova

    Research Postgraduates | 2004 to 2009

    Mariya Stoilova chose the University of Leeds because of its reputation of intellectually stimulating environment with extensive learning and training opportunities. Read full profile…

    Peter Hemming

    Research Postgraduates | 2006-2010

    I applied to study at the University of Leeds because I wanted to work with particular academics in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at University of Leeds. I felt that the University offered fantastic facilities and the learning experience and support was excellent in both of the schools. I really enjoyed studying the PhD. Read full profile…

    Riyad Cajee

    Riyad Cajee

    | 2008 - 2011

    I’ve really enjoyed my course and time at university so much so, that I’ve currently applied to do an MA in Social Research here at Leeds. Read full profile…

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